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News For BCS;TRV;FMER;WFC;MMC;ZION From The Last 14 Days
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October 23, 2014
06:32 EDTWFCGovernment relaxing mortgage regulations, NY Times says
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October 22, 2014
08:00 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees opportunity with deeper move into Europe, WSJ says
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October 21, 2014
16:36 EDTTRVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed existing homes sales hit their fastest pace in a year during September and Apple (AAPL) gave a better than expected sales forecast for its December quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales beat estimates in September, rising 2.4% from the prior month to a 5.17M rate. In China, GDP slowed to 7.3% year-over-year growth pace in Q3 from 7.5% in Q2, though that was slightly better than expected. Chinese industrial production expanded at a 8.0% rate in September, which was well above projections and up from 6.9% growth in August. China's retail sales grew 11.6% in September compared to the prior year, which was nearly in-line with expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple rose $2.71, or 2.72%, to $102.47 after the company reported better than expected quarterly results and gave a better than expected forecast for its sales during the holiday quarter. Following last night's report, analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald said the iPhone maker "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm, which believes investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company, raised its price target for shares to $143 from $123 and kept a Buy rating on the stock... Five of the Dow's 30 members reported on their quarterly results this morning and Coca-Cola (KO) was the clear loser in the bunch. The soda giant's shares dropped $2.61, or 6.03%, to $40.68 after its revenue missed expectations, it warned that it now expects to be below its long-term EPS growth target for 2014, and the company announced new cost-saving measures. Among the other four, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 0.63%, Verizon (VZ) added 0.43%, United Technologies (UTX) gained 0.49%, and Travelers (TRV) rose 1.12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were medical equipment manufacturer Waters (WAT), which rose $9.63, or 9.87%, to $107.17, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which advanced $4.27, or 7.31%, to $62.65. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which plunged $4.78, or 18.2%, to $21.48 after the company was called out by the New York Department of Financial Services for erroneously dated letters to borrowers. Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent for the NYDFS, stated in his letter to the company that if his department concludes it cannot trust Ocwen's systems and processes, "then it cannot trust Ocwen is complying with the law." Also lower following their earnings reports were Mexican restaurant operator Chipotle (CMG), which fell $45.48, or 6.96%, to $607.55, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LMT), which slid $2.92, or 1.66%, to $172.61. INDEXES: The Dow gained 215.14, or 1.31%, to 16,614.81, the Nasdaq advanced 103.40, or 2.4%, to 4,419.48, and the S&P 500 rose 37.27, or 1.96%, to 1,941.28.
12:57 EDTTRVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:18 EDTWFC, BCSBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:59 EDTTRVTravelers reports Q3 net written premiums up 6% to $6.03B
Total capital returned to shareholders of $937 million in the quarter, including $751 million in share repurchases. Year-to-date total capital returned to shareholders of $2.885 billion. Increases in book value per share of 9% to $76.42 and adjusted book value per share of 6% to $70.64 from year-end 2013.
06:58 EDTTRVTravelers reports Q3 EPS $2.61, consensus $2.27
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October 20, 2014
16:13 EDTZIONZions Bancorp reports Q3 EPS 40c, consensus 44c
The estimated Tier 1 common equity ratio increased to 11.88% at September 30. Net loans and leases held for investment increased $110M to $39.7B. The allowance for credit losses was $690M. Tangible book value per share for Q3 was $26.00.
15:36 EDTTRVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:30 EDTZIONNotable companies reporting after market close
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08:32 EDTMMCMarsh to acquire Torrent Technologies, terms not disclosed
Marsh announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Torrent Technologies, a service provider to Write Your Own insurers participating in the National Flood Insurance Program. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms were not disclosed.
07:21 EDTBCSFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTWFCStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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06:45 EDTWFCWells Fargo closes alternative trading system, Reuters says
In response to weak client demand, Wells Fargo is shutting down its "dark pool" trading system, according to Reuters, citing a spokeswoman from the bank. The spokeswoman said that even though the firm will cease offering alternative trading access, it will still offer customers electronic trading tools. Reference Link
October 16, 2014
16:43 EDTWFCWells Fargo commercial banking veteran in Florida Howard Halle to retire
Wells Fargo head of Commercial Banking in Florida, Howard Halle, will retire at year-end. A search for Halle’s successor is underway and is expected to be announced in early November.
14:09 EDTWFCApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
10:01 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:42 EDTBCSUBS, DOJ in talks for forex rigging settlement, FT reports
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07:31 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
Argus upgraded Wells Fargo to Buy with a $54 price target based on valuation and high levels of profitability and returns.
06:50 EDTBCSEuropean regulator rejects bonus loophole, NY Times says
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